Should I join the PTA?
Before you join the PTA, find out what it does, how it's
run and what you might be asked to volunteer for.
What is the role and function of a PTA?
PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association. The PTA supports the
school by raising money to enhance, enrich and improve learning
experiences for pupils. A well-run PTA will form close ties with
the local community and help to connect school and home life,
enabling parents to become more positively engaged in their
There's also a social aspect to the PTA: parents are able to get
together, meet parents of children in different year groups and
work alongside each other while raising money for the school and
supporting its aims.
Who runs the PTA?
PTAs are run by a committee of volunteers - usually parents of
children at the school, and sometimes teachers too.
Who can join the PTA?
If the organisation is a PTA, membership is usually limited to
parents, guardians and carers of current pupils, plus school staff.
Other types of association, such as Friends Associations, are open
to anyone who wishes to join and is approved by the committee.
How can I join the PTA?
You may well already be a member simply by being a parent at
your child's school. If you received a PTA Welcome Pack, this
should contain details of how your school's association operates,
and how you can join.
How can I contact the PTA?
Most PTAs will have an email address, which you'll find on the
school's website. If not, ask the school secretary or keep an eye
on the school newsletter or a PTA newsletter. Is there a notice
board at school? Search for a Facebook group too.
What kind of things might I be expected to do if I join?
Typically, PTAs organise and run fundraising events. So the most
obvious job is volunteering at fundraisers: can you bake a cake,
buy supplies for an event, run the bar or help on the gate? If you
still want to join the PTA but don't want to get involved in
events, how about taking on a different job, such as second-hand
uniform coordinator or graphic designer? If you have specialist
knowledge of fundraising then the PTA will welcome you with open
arms. Perhaps you work for a company that can offer benefits such
as raffle prizes, discounts on refreshments or access to a local
facility? If you have an idea of what you'd like to do, or what you
can offer, make a suggestion.
Do I have to come to every meeting?
Commitment is essential to helping the PTA works at its best,
but everyone has other responsibilities that will mean missing an
occasional meeting. You'll be able to read the minutes of any
meetings you can't attend. If you can't make meetings at all, could
you volunteer at fundraisers or take on a role that can operate
mostly from home?
How much time will the PTA take up?
That's up to you. Most PTAs are happy for you to volunteer as
much time as you can reasonably give. If the PTA is holding a big
event, it's reasonable to expect all hands on deck, but if you're
new to the school and want to enjoy the first few events with your
family, you could offer to help set up and clear away instead.
Will I have to be on the PTA committee?
No, you won't have to join the committee, but you may find that
a committee role appeals to you once you join the PTA, get to know
everyone and gain more knowledge about how it all works.
What will I get out of being on the PTA?
- Meet parents from other year groups
- Meet the teachers in a less formal setting
- Widen your outlook and see the school from a different
- Make new friends through working alongside members of your
- Learn new skills and increase your self-confidence
- Know that you are helping to make enjoyable events happen
- Know that you are helping to improve school's finances
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